The body is a holistic being. It needs to be nurtured and treated as a single entity rather than separate parts. As a naturopath, I am acutely aware of the ways in which imbalance in one part of the body can cause pain and discomfort in other seemingly unrelated body parts. I am currently studying to become a chiropractor and these links are becoming even more obvious to me. Over the years, family and friends who were initially sceptical about my medical advice have been amazed by the results when they combine alternative therapies with conventional medicine. I’m sure there are thousands of people out there who could benefit from a different approach to their health. I have started this blog to merely inform about the possibilities and allow readers to make up their own minds. Enjoy reading and best of health to you all!
You don't have to be a world-class professional athlete to take advantage of sports massage therapy. Indeed, even the most casual approach to fitness can result in muscles becoming stressed or overused, and as a consequence painful. As part of a balanced training regimen, sports massage therapy can help you prepare for "action" and cut down on your recovery time. You can reduce fatigue and boost endurance, making your workout or sporting activity fulfilling and even more worthwhile. One area that can really benefit from this type of therapy is the feet. How do you approach this?
Focusing on your Feet
Your feet probably get used the most during a sporting activity. You need to ensure that you build endurance, strength and flexibility into those feet and ankles. As you do so, you will reduce the risk of injury.
Before or after any training activity it is a good idea to treat your feet to a specially developed massage sequence. This doesn't need to take a long time, only around 10 minutes, but you will see significant improvements and quicker turnaround times. These foot massage sequences should be part of a broader massage therapy regimen.
Foot Massage Techniques
Focus on the area around the heel bone, or calcaneus. You can use your knuckles here to "tenderise" the area, stimulating circulation.
Using your knuckles in a sweeping motion, massage the arches of each foot. This will help to relieve any muscle cramps you might have been suffering from, will stimulate circulation, and boost your flexibility. Use your thumb to work deeply in between the bones on the base of each foot. Your goal is to tenderise the tissues between the metatarsals (the tubular bones in the middle of each foot).
Start by massaging the area around your Achilles tendon with your thumb and fingers. Then, massage immediately around and underneath each ankle bone.
With your fingers, pull each toe gently while massaging the three joints on each. Gently move each of your toes apart and then up and down. This will help build flexibility in the toes, stimulate circulation, and significantly help with your overall gait and balance, over time.
Try Going Barefoot For A Change, Too
When warming up for your sporting activity, try doing so without shoes on your feet. When you exercise barefoot this helps strengthen and stimulate the muscles in your lower legs and feet. It also gives your feet a greater range of motion because they are not restricted by training shoes.
For more information, check out companies such as Success Chiropractic.